New Poem: Keep Your Eye On It

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Without a doubt the evils of racism have hit people of color in ways that not a single white person on this planet can fully comprehend. That said, White Supremacy is not just targeted at black and brown bodies, but poor white ones too.  And they go for it, every time. I’d like to say I don’t know why, but sadly, I do. Continue reading

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No, The Police Did Not Create White Supremacy

It has been two thousand, seven hundred, and fifty five days since the state sanctioned murder of Oscar Grant. Many of those days, and if it were one it would still be too many, have been marred by the execution of more unarmed and innocent black bodies. Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Rashida McBride, and Sandra Bland are the names that come to the top of my head, but there have been so many more. Continue reading

Around Again

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“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

It has been two days since the massacre in Charleston. I agree with Son of Baldwin that is what we need to call it. Not a shooting, a word that is way too neutral, but a massacre. It was a bloody, cruel mass murder executed without an ounce of remorse. In those two days I have read few, if any words, from my fellow white people. I have had many like my Facebook posts, and seen white people comment support on black folks posts. By and large, though, I hear only crickets chirping in the silent night of our conscience. Continue reading

New Poem: Defining Deserve

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I have a lot to say about the whole Kanye v. Beck affair. I may write a lengthier essay on white privilege and white supremacy and how they factor into attitudes about the whole thing, but for now I will let this poem speak for me. I am sure there will be those who will take the last stanza and try to make some comment about affirmative action based on it. I would advise against that.

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Waiting For the Cries of “Reverse Appropriation”

I want to get out ahead of this. Frankly I am surprised they did not come up with the phrase when Idris Elba was cast as Never-actually-described-in either-the-poetic-or-prose-Eddas-and-from-a-different-plane-of-existence-still-he-must-be-white Heimdall. White outrage whenever they think a black person has unfairly stolen a “white” part is the new big thing in claims of reverse racism and the “crusade” against political correctness (and once again, would somebody teach these folks what that term actually means?) So I am going to claim this term, if someone already has not. I am going to say outright that the casting of Michael B Jordan as Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, will be decried as “reverse appropriation.” Continue reading

Article 1

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act toward one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Of all the articles in the Declaration, save Article 3, this one seems the most inspired by our own Declaration of Independence. It is the cornerstone of the entire Declaration. The necessity of it is so obvious, so basic to being able to say we live in a free, humane and fair world, that it should almost go without saying.  Yet it cannot. It needs to be said. We need to be reminded of our basic value as individuals and as a species with interdependent needs.

It is sad to me that this is not ingrained into the very fiber of our being. I don’t just mean as cultures or nations, but as individuals. No one should have to have it explained to them that another human being is less than they are. Bigotry, however, rears its ugly head every day, in a variety of forms. Male privilege is still the norm in every society on Earth. White supremacy has influenced every corner of our world, making those that don’t fit the Eurocentric view of the world doubt their own worth. Class struggle still causes so much pain. As abstracts these are bad enough, but there are individuals, may of whom are victims of these systems, who will fight to the death to preserve them.

It is not completely without hope. Maybe I am just youth obsessed, but I see a great deal of improvement in this latest generation of adults, at least in the US. Yes, it has its bigots too, but they are fewer and those that would actively stand against them are greater in number, perhaps more so than any generation so far. I have had the honor to know one or two of these people. They are amazingly passionate and compassionate and committed to making this world a better place.

So no, we have not reached the destination this Article, and therefore ultimately the entire Declaration, has set for us. Still, if we don’t rest on the achievements we have made, there is hope we may still get there.